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De Angelis / Anneliina Koskinen


Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Alba   Catalog #: 282   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hildegard of BingenMesomedesAnonymousObadiah ha Ger,   ... 
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc completely captivated me.

This truly beautiful disc of early music is based around religious sentiments, angels and birdsong. Drawing upon different cultures, countries and traditions, the well-chosen programme appears to highlight the meeting points of these different paths and to show how all, ultimately, express the same sentiments, and do so in strains that draw upon each other. The CD opens with, and quite heavily features, Hildegard von Bingen - always a good way to open a disc! The earliest work featured dates back to 130AD, and is a Hymn to the Sun, by Mesomedes of Crete. A haunting work, it is given an atmospheric rendition – soprano Anneliina Koskinen’s powerful but sensitive voice brings out the
Read more more numinous side of the work. Other songs featured include sixth century Ambrosian and Mozarabic chants, Sephardic Jewish music from Spain, Finnish ballads and a spell-binding Ingrian folk song. A Karelian weeping song concludes the disc – brilliantly sung with both great technical ability and invested with intense emotion.

The songs are occasionally interspersed with instrumental pieces for reed pipe, Loriman pipe, diatonic flute and rebec – again excellently played. Some of these instrumental episodes are fairly well-known, such as the Italian Lamento di Tristano / La Rotta and Eyck’s English nightingale, in which Koskinen includes birdsong intermingled with the solo flute line. This works well and manages to avoid sounding twee.

All is performed with consummate musicianship, understanding, knowledge and a clear love of the pieces. The disc is well presented and Koskinen’s notes – although rather brief – are nonetheless well-written and interesting.

Anneliina Koskinen is an incredibly versatile musician, playing, as she does, all the instruments featured here - which include the Celtic harp, symphonia and 5-stringed kantele as well as the instruments mentioned above. Her voice is both sweet and gentle of tone, yet strong and compelling at the same time, and she manages the more challenging works such as On This Holy Day from a 1697 Swedish Choral book impressively. She makes an extremely convincing case for these, many of them very rare, pieces.

This disc completely captivated me and is one that I rate very highly indeed.

-- Em Marshall, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. O nobilissima viriditas by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
2. Chionoblepharou Pater Aous by Mesomedes
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Medieval 
3. Yawnu Tlitu by Anonymous
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
4. Si Ascendero In Caelum by Anonymous
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
5. Mi Al Har Horeb by Obadiah ha Ger
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
6. Yonati bejagve by Traditional
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
7. A summo caelo Dominus dixit by Anonymous
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Medieval 
8. Spiritus Sanctus vivificans vita by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
9. O vos angeli by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
10. O gloriosissimi lux by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
11. Der Fluyten Lust-hof: no 28, Engels Nachtegaeltje by Jan Jacob Van Eyck
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1646; Netherlands 
12. Den signade dag by Traditional
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Written: Sweden 
13. Lamento di Tristano by Anonymous
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1300 
14. Unter den linden by Walth von der Vogelweide
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: Germany 
15. Sum in aliena provincia by Anonymous
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
Period: Medieval 
16. Varpuisen Veisu by Traditional
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
17. Katriina by Traditional
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
18. Etagalla by Traditional
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)
19. Kalmah-Heitanda Virsi by Traditional
Performer:  Anneliina Koskinen (Soprano/Flutes/Harp)

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